College Athlete Cleared of Online Gambling Misconduct

17 November 2008

A University of Florida student and basketball player was found to be in debt to online poker sites, but he was not in violation of National Collegiate Athletic Association rules, according to an investigation into the matter.

Nick Calathes, the sophomore point guard for the Gators, may not in violation of NCAA rules because he played poker online. The rules prohibit athletes from providing any information for gambling purposes or betting on any sports. Violation of the rules can result in an athlete being barred from the NCAA.

Jeremy Foley, the university's athletic director, said in a prepared statement today that the school was confident that neither Calathes nor any other players have broken NCAA rules.

"We became aware of certain allegations over the weekend and immediately looked into it," Foley said. "We reviewed everything very thoroughly and are satisfied with our results. We have no eligibility issues and are very comfortable that this issue is resolved based on our review."